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Radio Free Albemuth (2010)

R | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 27 June 2014 (USA)
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Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herb Bennon
Rachel Brady
President Fremont
Newscaster #1
Bruce Hensel ...
Newscaster #2
VALIS (voice)
Dr. Goldfarb
Fremont House Tour Guide
FBI Agent #1
FBI Agent #2
Berkeley Detective
Berkeley Cop
Sylvia Aramchek


Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam) and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The story is set in an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont, a Nixon-like clone (Scott Wilson). Written by Radio Free LLC

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, drug use and brief violence

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Release Date:

27 June 2014 (USA)  »

Box Office


$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,553 (USA) (27 June 2014)


$5,553 (USA) (27 June 2014)

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Filmed in October 2007 Radio Free Albemuth had been stuck in post-production hell since 2010, only to show a incomplete cut to independent film festivals until a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 helped raise the funds to give the film a theatrical release. See more »


Early in the film, PKD tells his buddy that he just finished his new novel and it will be published in hardcover (a nice change, since his early SF were all published by cheap paperback houses), then in reply to the question of it's subject he says, it's a what if the Germans won WWll premise. He's obviously referencing PKD's arguably most successful novel (it won the Hugo) published in 1963. The film is set in 1985, but since Dick was dead for three years already in this universe, maybe it was an intentional distortion. See more »


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Written by Alanis Morissette (uncredited)
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Loved this movie at the Sedona Film Fest
26 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow! I just saw this movie (Radio Free Albemuth) at the Sedona Film Fest and it blew my socks off! I've been going to the Sedona Film Fest for years, and this movie by far was the best independent film I've seen there. This movie is based on a book by Philip K. Dick, who was a sci-fi writer famous for Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, and other great novels. In this story, he actually writes himself as one of the lead characters in it. It is intellectual, spiritual, political, and reflects many present day situations and controversies. I have not read the book, so am not sure how closely it relates to the movie, but I'm definitely going to read the book now. Hope this movie will be available on DVD so I can purchase for myself and friends. Great Job!

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